UH Libraries News

Call for Applications: Digital Scholarship Spring 2019 Institute

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (DRC) invites UH faculty and students to submit an application for the first annual Digital Scholarship Spring Institute. The Institute will be hosted in the DRC and will run during the week of Spring Break (March 11 – March 16, 2019), offering a five-day intensive boot camp.

Participants will attend workshops covering a range of topics and tools common to digital research, and be given opportunities for individual consultations with DRC staff and research librarians, as well as access to software and equipment between the hours of 8am – 5pm every day.

Applicable digital materials will be provided to participants at the beginning of the Institute, giving those involved the resources and competencies required to begin planning and executing a digital scholarship project. Accepted participants should be prepared to commit to being present all day for each of the five days. Lunches, beverages, and snacks will be provided throughout the week.

Project teams are welcome to apply, but please indicate that your project is part of a team effort in the application. Note that each team member will need to submit an individual application, and not all team members are guaranteed acceptance.

Submission deadline: January 28, 2019, 11:59PM
Acceptance notifications will be issued by February 15, 2019.

Criteria: The review committee aims to accept 6-8 applicants for participation in the Institute. Applications will be evaluated based on candidates’ clarity of purpose and intent, and how they hope to benefit from the Institute experience. Preference will be given to applicants who clearly illustrate how the Institute will enhance and further their research ambitions while at University of Houston. The review committee will strive to represent a variety of perspectives, disciplines, backgrounds, and levels of experience in its selection process.

Apply for the Digital Scholarship Institute at UH Libraries

By on December 12th, 2018 in Announcements

Upgrades in Rockwell Pavilion Presentation Equipment

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the installation of a new projector for the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion.

Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion

Working with partners at MCA Communications, UH Libraries now offers a Panasonic large-venue projector, boasting 12,600 lumens with a laser phosphor lamp. It is twice as powerful as the space’s previous projector, with excellent compensation for ambient light.

In addition to top-quality picture clarity for presentations, the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion has received a full technical upgrade, including new wireless microphones, new HDMI cables, a new podium, and a new control panel.

UH Libraries offers the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion to groups or units that are part of the University or formally affiliated with the University for meetings and events.

Student Song Contest Winners Announced

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the winners of the fall 2018 Song of the Semester contest.

Song of the Semester Fall 2018 Winners

Song of the Semester Fall 2018 Winners.

The first place winner is Yanis Bratlien (@yanisbratlien) with “Girl With The Mint Green Stare.” Listen to the winning track below:

Amanda Pascali (@amandinapascali) won second place with “Shine On Star Boy.”

Shazan Balloul took third place with “Mama.”

Congratulations to the winners and to all those who entered. All entries were recorded in the Hamill Foundation Multimedia Studio at the MD Anderson Library.

Fall 2018 Newsletter Now Available

The University of Houston Libraries fall 2018 newsletter is now available.

Read about the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program, scholarship winners, new acquisitions, and more.

By on November 28th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured

End-of-Semester Tips for Success

It’s finals time at the University of Houston! Multiple exams and projects due all at once can be overwhelming, so your friendly UH librarians have offered tips to help you succeed at the end of the semester. Happy studying!

  1. Plan your study sessions wisely. If your final is a few days away, take time each day to study and review so that you’re not cramming the night before. Studying for a later final can also be a break between intensive studying for a final that is happening sooner.
  2. Get rest and don’t ignore your health. If you need to set reminders to eat healthy or sleep, do so! Stay hydrated, and go easy on the caffeine, which can zap your energy and focus at high levels.
  3. Take time for self-care. Work out, color, nap, take a walk, see friends, listen to music or podcasts, and take breaks in order to combat stress and fatigue.
  4. Surround yourself with positivity. Study with motivated classmates, post sticky notes with affirmations in your study space, and reward yourself. If you’ve gone to class regularly, studied hard, and did well throughout the semester, you’ve got the final down!
  5. Temporarily turn off notifications from your social media accounts or give yourself an internet curfew. The goal is to minimize unnecessary distraction.
  6. Relax and take deep breaths. It is not the end of the world. The end of finals and winter break is just beyond the horizon; no matter what happens in the next week, you will be done with the semester when you reach the other side of it!
  7. The library is here for you. Whether you need a place to study, take a break at Paws and Relax or Finals Mania, or if you need assistance finding those last few sources for your paper, UH Libraries can help in a variety of ways.
By on November 27th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, Student Success

New Service: Text to Report Noise

University of Houston Libraries is piloting a new service based on student feedback. You may now send a text to report excessive noise at the MD Anderson Library.

Text "Noise" to 713-489-6208 to report excessive noise within the MD Anderson Library.

Text “Noise” to 713-489-6208 to report excessive noise within the MD Anderson Library.

Text the word “Noise” and the exact location to 713-489-6208. A member of the Libraries’ staff will investigate. No signal? Use the chat feature over wifi: libraries.uh.edu/contact.

Extended Hours Fall 2018

The University of Houston MD Anderson Library will be open extended hours starting Monday, November 26 through Thursday, December 6. Your Cougar Card is required for access after 9pm.

UH IDs are required for access to the UH MD Anderson Library after 9pm.

UH IDs are required for access to the UH MD Anderson Library after 9pm.

#GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 is #GivingTuesday, a celebration of giving fueled by the power of social media, collaboration, and generosity. University of Houston Libraries joins the University’s special one-day campaign, #GivingCoogsDay, in concert with the global movement of giving.

#GivingTuesday is your opportunity to help us empower and transform the lives of our students, faculty, and campus community.

#GivingTuesday is your opportunity to help us empower and transform the lives of our students, faculty, and campus community.

By on November 20th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured

UH Institutional Repository

The University of Houston Institutional Repository (UHIR) collects, preserves, and distributes scholarly output and creative works produced by the UH community. UHIR provides free and open online access to the University’s research and scholarship.

The University of Houston Institutional Repository (UHIR) collects, preserves and distributes scholarly output and creative works produced by the University of Houston community.

The University of Houston Institutional Repository (UHIR) collects, preserves and distributes scholarly output and creative works produced by the University of Houston community.

Communities within the repository, Electronic Theses and Dissertations, and UH Faculty, Staff, and Student Works, are searchable. Recent submissions to the repository include video recordings from the 2018-2019 Assistant Professor Excellence (APeX) Speaker Series: “An Inside Job: Using Tiny Robot Swarms to Heal the Body” and “The Power of Musical Play.”

UH Libraries Resources for Grad and Professional Students

Irene Ke, psychology and social work librarian at University of Houston Libraries, will give a presentation on Libraries resources for graduate and professional students at the next meeting of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) on December 4. The open meeting will take place in the Student Center South – Midtown Room from 3-4pm. Refreshments will be provided.

The GPSA is a registered student organization for all masters, doctoral, and post-baccalaureate students in all colleges at the University of Houston. The GPSA hosts open meetings each month to transparently discuss organizational business, gather questions and concerns from the community, and host speakers and workshops on areas of interest for the grad/professional student community.

By on November 15th, 2018 in Announcements, Featured, New Resource